Although President Donald trump vehemently disagrees that his newly signed executive ban titled “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”, is not a Muslim ban and is not motivated by animus towards any religion. But we still cannot dispute the fact that the ban affects mostly Muslims.
In January 27, 2017, Trump signed an order banning citizens of six Muslim states: Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the USA for 90 days for “security reasons” additionally the order stopped all refugees from coming for 120 days and indefinitely stopped entry by refugees from Syria.
The white house has continued to defend the travel ban as a pressing matter of national security. But the administration appeared to undermine its own rational by delaying the revised order. Chuck Schumer, the senate democratic leader said the delay was “all the proof Americans need to know that this has absolutely nothing to do with national security”. The ban is going to be in effect until extreme “vetting procedure” was developed to reduce the probability of terrorist entry into the United States “President Trump still seems to believe you can determine who is a terrorist by knowing which country a man, woman or child is from”, Grace Meng, an immigrant researcher said in a statement.
Behind all the political bluster of keeping out terrorist and protecting the homeland through the ban, the big question still remains “who is been affected most by the ban?” . While trying to protect his citizens from the terrorist, president trump has left the innocent citizens at the mercy of the terrorist with nowhere to flee to. Here are a few documented stories of people harmed by this unjust policy
An unnamed Yazidi refugee from Iraq told the guardian that she was waiting at the departure gate to board her flight to the United States when the world turned upside down on her. “We are under threat here because of my husband’s work with the Americans” she said of her family’s struggle to gain refugee status. “Rejecting us in this way is really shocking especially for those that helped the Americans. If one person worked with the Americans the whole family is under threat. I am not trying to go to the US for political reasons I am fleeing because am a minority and every day I live in fear of attack“.
Dr suha Abushamma, 26, is an internal medicine resident at the Cleveland clinic. Although she had an H-IB visa for workers, which should allow her enter, live and work in the United State, Abushamma was not allowed to enter the country. Abushamma holds a passport from Sudan, which is one of the barred nation. At the airport, customs agents gave her two choices: leave voluntarily and immediately, withdrawing her visa or be forcefully deported there by preventing her re-entry for at least five years. She expressed her disbelieve that she was prevented from continuing her studies in Cleveland. “I am in this country to be a doctor, work and help people” she said, “no other reason”. This ban will cause lot of discomfort and anger.